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a third happened here. we joined british and u.s. marines as they prepared for one of their last joint patrols. for a final few days, they must brave their demons and reflect on the sacrifices that have been made. commanders were keen to show us what they achieved, all the project have -- how the province has prospered and how much safer and has become, but this is what we saw. [gunshots fired] a brutal fight for much of the day. it does not happen much anymore, but it shows the taliban battling coalition troops. and now america must finish the job britain started. no british troops at this time, they have faced too many days like this. >> i find it very difficult to talk about. without someone having been there, you cannot describe the smells, the sites, even pictures don't seem to work. you have to be there and, the emotions -- to have a true understanding of what people here go through. >> handing over to the americans is a bittersweet mellon for the troops. there happen -- they are happy to be going, but their regret the mission is far from over. >> the amount of effort, time, live
-- >> what happened in france is being watched closely, because europe faces us see us strikes as governments bareback cherished benefits. bbc news, paris. >> the spanish prime minister and has called on a basket separatist movement to lay down its arms forever. -- of basque separatist movement to lay down its arms forever. mozambique has reversed its decision to raise bread prices by 30%. food riots last week left 13 dead. bread will now be sold at its previous price of 14 cents. every year since 1998, more than 30,000 japanese people have killed themselves. japan's health ministry estimates cases of suicide and depression caused the economy $32 billion last year. the government has launched a task force to address the problem. more than two weeks of political deadlock have ended in australia with confirmation that labor's julia gillard will continue as prime minister, would be backing, at last, of to independenct mp's. she has been near west possible majority. nick bryant has this. >> it is like the finale of a tv reality show, with the winner kept a closely-guarded secret until announced l
people and politicians haven't done anything for us. if kds -- candidates are trying to buy votes why should you expect anything different from them? so we will sell our cards for money. >> and it's not just real cards being sold. there are "4 downs" -- thousands of fake ones too. one candidate was so angry he gave us proof of what's happening. >> this is what we've been given, dozens of volting cards, both real and fake. this is just a sample of has on offer. we've been told thousands upon thousands of these cards are available here in kabul and in the rest of the country. come a little closer. first of all these are real volter cards. you can see here the fingerprint of course the voter. it's got their details, the province that they belong to. there are no pictures on these because they belong to women. they just have the fingerprints. abandon perhaps even more astonishingly, this is what is widely available now. these are fake. voters are told you fold it over and put in your own details. it shows that last like year there is a deliberate and widespread attempt to rig the election
on afghanistan? 1,201 u.s. soldiers have died in afghanistan over the last nine years. as of july so far in 2010 alone. >> question, does president obama have an exit strategy for afghanistan? pat buchanan? >> he does not. they are moving away from the mid 2011 deadline from the beginning of withdrawal of troops to show we are committed for a longer period of time. john, the problem is, we can't win the war with the forces we have in there. everybody knows it. however, the country is divided. the administration is divided. they don't want to lose this war and have the taliban execute. they don't want to keep bleeding the country either. they have a real problem in this sense. the liberal ring of the democratic party is moving away from the administration and there's a small antiwar conservative movement that is growing in the media and on capitol hill. so we are coming to a head in december when they had the december review of afghanistan. >> eleanor. >> i don't think they are working away from the july 2011 to begin exiting and they have a review planned for the end of december. and general
austerity measures dealing with french pension reform. welcome to bbc news. good to have you with us. we are broadcasting to our viewers in the united kingdom and around the world with me, james bagwell. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has spoken out against the plan to burn korans. general david petraeus said if it went ahead, images of the event would be used by insurgents to incite violence. coming up, we will hear what hillary clinton had to say with this report from washington. >> this is what worries general david petraeus is. 500 people in kabul, gather to demonstrate. one small church in america plans to bring copies of the koran. protesters threw rocks. >> we are concerned about the possible implications of a koran burning in the united states. it puts us in jeopardy. we have even seen trouble on just a rumor that this could take place, and i think that the images from such an activity could very well be used by extremists here and around the world in the same way that they use images from abu ghraib and some other incidents, over the years since 9/11. >> at outreach cen
is likely to rise even higher. >> our correspondent in mexico city give us more details. >> the situation in mexico is really complex. the comments made by secretary clinton caused anxiety in mexico. the u.s. is a crucial ally of the mexican government and the fact that secretary clinton came out with its strong words and a controversial comparison has definitely caused concern. the concerns in washington about the situation in mexico are greater than we have known so far. >> this being seen as anything more than a setback in relations? does it go deeper than that? >> it may be too soon to declare the u.s. is changing sides. it has been very supportive of president called around -- president philippe baycol the round. -- president calderon. the problem is the u.s. is calling for more changes to be made to mexican institutions in terms of political reform in some of these regions and more transparency in the police regions. some financial aid the u.s. was supposed to give for mexico was put on hold because of concerns about human rights abuses. the u.s. seems to be taking a setback, but se
toll on the people, especially the children. >> they're getting to the heart of the matter. u.s. middle east envoy george mitchell's assessment of the talks between israelis and palestinians. a senior vatican official describes the uk as a third world country. he has pulled out of the pope's statement. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america, also run the globe. coming up later, outside, the streets ring with protests. inside, france's lower house passes the bill which will raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, and serving therapy. can riding a wave help you call for mental health problems? public service is putting in health care money to find out. hello to you. millions -- yes, millions -- of people are going hungry at this moment across central and western africa. the worst affected country is niger, a country even larger than the united states of california and texas together, but with a population of just 15 million. the drought's amid flooding of ruined crops. help has not been enough. we go to niger for this special report. >> according to the united nations, in development te
of secularism on his visit. the human cost of the u.s. financial downturn -- possibly -- poverty levels rise to their highest level in nearly 50 years. eu summit rows. the french president vows to press on. >> frenchmen and women have to know that this policy will continue while strictly abiding by the letter and spirit of our republican laws. >> welcome to "bbc world news" -- broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america and also or around the globe. coming up later, women in a man's world. the dangers of being a female candidate in afghanistan's elections. and when millions of its people face hunger, why does niger continue to export food. -- why does niger continue to export food? hello. it is the first state visit by a pope since the 16th century when henry viii broke from rome and formed the anglican church. some 450 years later, this visit is not without controversy. the pope has been forced to of knowledge failings' over pedophile priests, and he issued a warning about the dangers of what he called aggressive secularism in britain. in a moment, a report on the significance of the day for
that have distorted islam or falsely used the banner of islam to engage in their destructive acts. and afghanistan, the president's word has not been heeded. protesters shouted death to obama, when the lives of u.s. troops are at risk because of the threat to america. >> this is one individual in florida. my concern is to make sure we did not start having a whole bunch of folks all across the country think this is the way to get attention. this is a way of endangering our troops. itour sons and daughters. >> nine years after the attack the new york, ground zero is being rebuilt. a memorial park will stand on the side of the mass murder. it is the plan to build the islamic cultural center a few blocks away that has sent some -- that has incensed some. but the man in charge says moving it would send the wrong signal. >> the headline would be islam is under attack in america. this will strengthen the radicals in the muslim world, help recruitment, and it will put our people, our soldiers, our troops, our embassies, citizens under attack from the muslim world. and we have expanded and
. >> the u.s. assistant secretary of state says it's possible that the release of sarah shourd is linked to the president's visit to the united nations. >> he will come to the general assembly next week, and if he wants to make a statement, he can bring shane bauer and josh with him. we believe that iran was able to sort through this case, and recognize this is three hikers that crossed the border. we understand that iran has a right to protect the border, and after 15 months it was well overdue. we are happy for sarah's return. >> japan has seen the weakening of the yen, with 15-year highs against the dollar. it's the first time that since 2004 that tokyo has convened into currency markets. the european mission has called france a disgrace on the migrants. hundreds have been released and they have declared protections the way that france is treating these people from bulgaria. >> since august police in france have been dismantling romacamps, the policy has been controversial but today they used unprecedented language to rebuke one of the most powerful states. >> this is a disgrace. >> t
is possible. the u.s. middle east envoy says israeli and palestinian leaders have made progress on the issue of jewish settlements. making our way down the indus river, we continue our coverage on pakistan's floods down and how the survivors are pairing. tens of thousands of mexicans celebrate their independence from spain 200 years ago. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in the u.k. and around the world. a senior papal adviser has pulled out of the pope's visit to the u.k. after making critical comments about the country in a magazine article. cardinal kasper said arriving at heathrow airport is like entering a third world country. he also claimed there was a new and aggressive atheism in britain. he said illness and not the interview was the reason behind his withdrawal. the pope's visit begins in scotland in a few hours time. >> colonel walter casper is a vatican insiders. he has been a senior aide to pope benedict for a decade. his role is to promote christian unity. he was part of the pope's entourage to britain. now, just hours before pope benedict's plane lands, the card
to wait and see. >> ban ki-moon has warned leaders not to use the economic downturn as an excuse for missing targets on reducing poverty. at a summit in new york he says it could still be [unintelligible] progress is fragile. our u.n. correspondent reports. >> the powerful and the glamorous have descended upon manhattan to talk about ending poverty and spur action to meet the blueprint for doing so. the millennium development goals have made a difference. >> this is an achievement we can be proud of. but we must protect these advances, many of which are fragile. the clock is ticking with much more to do. >> which of the goals are on target to meet the deadline? they plan to cut extreme poverty by half looks within reach because of economic growth in china and india. there has been much progress into getting children into schools and reducing the spread of aids. cutting the deaths of children and women who died in childbirth is off target. these farmers are among those who benefit it. they now get the latest market prices from mobile phones. the extra income and aid helps improve
congratulatory. there is still a lot of work we have got to do. to make sure iraq is an effective partner with us. >> this is not yet a country of peace, and it may not be for a long time. after seven years of violence, it is a country that feels itself to be free once again. the acting prime minister, nouri al maliki, announced today that iraq was once more sovereign and independent. the point of the american involvement here, supposedly, was to liberate the iraqi people and perhaps to start a domino effect against other middle eastern dictatorships. all that really happened as a result of the invasion in the short run was saddam hussein was overthrown and the whole country was laid waste. the invasion took power away from the minority sunni moslems and gave it to the shi'a majority. >> it was essentially a disaster. the worst disaster. >> worse than saddam himself? >> definitely worse than saddam. >> the military campaign was devastating. political fallout was marred by carelessness and lack of interest. president bush, shortly before the invasion, seems not to know that iraq was split into sun
and palestinian leaders not to miss this chance for peace. as the u.s. combat mission in iraq comes to an end, the american vice-president says baghdad is close to a new government. no regrets from tony blair about his decision to send british troops to invade iraq. very warm welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers in the states on pbs and also around the globe, with me, peter dobbie. coming up later for you -- how your name and postcode can affect your chances of getting a job in france. and new pictures of the world's most famous ship wreck -- the titanic in 3-d. the u.s. president barack obama has urged israelis and palestinians not to let slip an opportunity for peace that he says may not soon return. he made the remark as he opened a landmark peace talks. our middle east editor jeremy bowen reports from washington. >> if it feels as though they have all been this way before. an american president, and israeli prime minister, launching a new attempt at middle east peace in fact -- -- these at the white house and condemning bloodshed. >> there are going to be those who do eve
the government to help us. >> but the numbers are overwhelming. at last count, 18.6 million people have been affected, and losses could exceed 28 billion pounds. the government has promised initial payment of 120 pounds. the 13-year-old wants to be a doctor. she and all these children are living in classrooms next door. they and their families will be homeless again soon when school starts. >> let's round of some other main news. he said he made a mistake in accusing syria of assassinating his father. he was killed in 2005. he describes his words as a political accusation made too quickly. syria has always denied involvement. rescue teams have resumed their search for survivors of mud slide. authorities say 44 people have died. thousands more are at risk of flooding and landslides. south african trade unions have suspended their strike. more than 1 million civil servants will see the pay rise. union members say they will consider the latest offer. the spanish government has dismissed a cease-fire as insufficient after it said it will halt its violent campaign. the interior minister says they
gathered to denounce reports that copies of the koran was burned in the u.s. in delhi, the u.s. condemned the violence and anyone in america who insulted the koran. >> i strongly condemn that such acts as disrespectful and unrepresentative of american values. the deliberate destruction of any holy book is a horrible act. >> but kashmir is an indian challenge. the prime minister with military commanders is deeply distressed by the latest violence. but this government seems powerless to stop it. kashmir has been divided between india and pakistan for more than six decades. it remains a dangerous tension in south asia and a rallying cry for asian militants. mylan unrest has implications for stability and india and pakistan and further appeals in afghanistan. >> the man behind the controversial plans for muslim community center near ground zero has said extremists of any faith must not be allowed to hijack this course. the imam says it's vital to have a platform where the voice of moderate muslims can be amplified. many americans are opposed to the center. >> in recent weeks the imam has trie
. >> it insults muslims and bernie koran could also -- burning the koran could harm u.s. troops. the event was planned for saturday on the nine of -- anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. terry jones is getting criticism from the white house and fbi, but around the world there have already been protests. >> the president was forced to spend a rare news conference making an appeal for tolerance, saying muslims were neighbors and friends. the trouble is it looks as though he is getting more publicity to a group on the fringe. pastor jones is the leader of a church with a congregation of 50. he believes is what is the work of the devil and the threat and to burn korans. he said if forced muslims to abandon a plan to build a center on ground zero. >> we are still very hopeful that we will meet with the imam. >> it seems the koran burning will not happen. >> we are not at war against islam. we are at war against terrorist organizations. they have distorted islam or falsely used the banner of islam to engage in their destructive acts. >> and afghanistan, at the president's word has not been heard. pr
-up since the revolution. the u.s. is set to announce its largest ever arms deal, $60 million worth of weapons could be heading to saudi arabia. belgium's catholic church promises help for victims of sexual abuse. they call him elle grande, one of mexico's biggest drug bosses, but now he's in jail. everybody's business. >> i won't mention the woman, but i was going to a skin doctor. i signed in. and i saw this actress' name, who i was very hot for. and i turned around and there she was. i would have seen her, though. but still, i was figuring out what i was going to say. and i went over to her and i said -- i can't say who it was. but i went and i said, i just came out. and for some reason, the doctor and i -- i blamed it all on the doctor. we have the same disease. >> did you know that? >> no. i didn't. we have the same prescription. >> was it venereal? >> no. >> but the point is, she got really upset. >> and i apologized to her when i saw her about 25 years caugh your office by somebody. >> there's always space in andy gallagher gave me more details. >> i have tried this back in
in the country's history. >> the u.s. president, barack obama, has warned americans to prepare for the worst as hurricane earl approaches the east coast of the u.s. thousands of residents have been moved from their homes. despite the hurricane weakening slightly, forecasters say it's top winds are still close to 125 miles an hour. >> conditions here have changed pretty dramatically over the last few hours. you can see the certification behind me is really picking up power and ferocity as the storm gets ever closer. the winds are still around 145 miles an hour, but the latest forecasts say the storm could swap the coast line here and head of north. that is slightly good news, but they also say there is a chance for the western i of that storm to make impact just north of my position here in north carolina. that would bring with it those powerful winds, the chances of huge floods, but president for rob obama telling millions of americans now to track the storm very carefully and watch and wait and see what happens. there are warnings in place now from south carolina all the way up to massachus
to romania. >> today the european union used enprecedented language to rebuke one of its most powerful states >> this is a digrace. >> the commissioner said there was paralleling with world war ii >> this is a situation i would thought europe would not have to witness again after the second world war. >> enough is enough. >> the french government says the roma are actually given 300 euros each when they leave the county >> france is a proud founding member and rarely received such a dressing down and deliberately mislead the eu. part of the union's anger relates to an internal french memo when mentions dimantels roma camps a priority. some see it as targeting ethnic group. >> i am against discrimination. >> i think the french government is not totally wrong. >> it's pointed out here that other countries have removed thousands of romas without attracting such criticism. and the help hasn't been fully used. but today's comments are a huge embarrassment to an embattled president, sarkozy, now he stands as playing the tough cop. so far, he has not responded to today's attack. although the fren
religious beliefs from public cause, and to privatize it. yet, it is leading us to look upon it. >> only the advantagization of culture could cull back the dictatorship. >> as the shadows lengthened, among the crowd, the baby he kissed, the mother of -- among the thousands of migrants. >> i cried. i was very happy. this is my daughter. i brought her in. she is mine. >> before today, there was some nervousness in the church about whether this day would succeed, a pessimism even. not now. "bbc news" at bellahouston park. >> france is on heightened security alert. during a visit to the eiffel tower, the french interior minister pointed to bomb alerts that led to the evacuation of the to your itself and the kidnapping of five french nationals in nigeria -- nig emp r in wes africa. >> in the united states, a man shot and wounded a doctor, shot his mother and then killed himself in baltimore. a spokesman said the doctor is undergoing surgery and is expected to survive. 19 members of a drug cartel have been killed in a clash with security forces in north eastern mexico. mexican police said they
used to have the best infrastructure. we can have it again. we can make it happen. did >> the republican party is in no mood to make this happen. get >> today's announcement i think is a mission, and the stimulus spending has failed. >> a rather more restive labor day is being had, but it is anything but relaxing. >> we would just like to know where we are going. there's does not seem to be any direction right now. >> we are struggling to pay our bills right now. if you raise taxes, i do not know. >> tax cuts will be the theme of another speech on wednesday. the former candidate may be relishing the campaign, but his party is not. >> the mayor of christ church has praised the recovery efforts after one of new zealand's worst earthquakes caused widespread damage. despite several aftershocks, some businesses are reopening, and commuter bus routes are operating. trade unions in france have begun several days of large scale strikes to protect against plans to raise the age of retirement to 62. a big showdown is planned for tuesday, with some starting their protest earlier.
. they would use chemical or nuclear weapons if they could. the chinese government ordered food producers to start growing more comfortable -- growing more vegetables. in mozambique, seven people died this week in protests about the 30% rise of the cost of bread. the un called for a special meeting to discuss the implications of a price spike. >> more wild fires fanned by strong winds and more houses destroyed and more loss of life after 50 people were killed in july and august. underlying it all is a prolonged drought. they destroyed 20% of russia's wheat crop. the government extended its ban on wheat exports to compensate. thousands of kilometers away in mozambique's plight is starting to return to normal. the trigger was a sharp rise in the cost of bread. the government insisted it had no choice but to raise prices. seven people were killed. nearly 300 were injured. this has left extensive damage. what is happening to food prices? is there a risk of a repeat of the food crisis of 2008? the world saul price climbed -- saw prices climbing. while prices fell, they have been steadily on th
, it is the look of the winner in the u.s. presidential election. what ever choice the afghans make it, it will shape their future. bbc news, kabul. >> you're watching "bbc world news." still to come -- the mosque in a box. immobile per unit for the mobile muslim. prince william has graduated as our royal air force search and rescue helicopter pilot. he will now become part of the country's busiest search and rescue base off the coast of wales. >> he spent the past 19 months progressing through the raf training program. there have been stimulated rescue missions, the kind of operation he will soon be doing for real. flights over the atlantic where ships and yachts can run into trouble, and in the mountains of snow dunny aware every year his squadron is called out to -- snowdonia where every year his squadron is called out to rescue. he is now part of an operational rescue squadron, and the raf says he has done it on merit. >> he has completed the course successfully, with at least the minimum standards, if not better than that. he is here on his own right. >> initially, william will be
approaches america's eastern seaboard. emergency workers in the u.s. have put out a major fire at an oil platform in the north of -- in the gulf of mexico. welcome to "bbc news," broadcasting to our viewers around the world. israeli and the palestinians have held their first direct peace talks in almost two years. benjamin not in yahoo! -- benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abbas met in washington. the two sides will meet again later this month. jeremy is in the washington. >> the motorcades brought them into the state department in washington for the latest installment in what has turned into a 20-year middle eastern saga of lost hope. in the public part of the meeting, they said negotiations to make peace one year from now would not be easy. plan was tons' always be in the room. the top diplomats said there was no time to lose. >> the core issue of the center of these negotiations, territory security, jerusalem, refugees settlements, and others, will get no easier if we wait. they will not resolve themselves. >> netanyahu said president abbas would have to recognize israel as the jewish ho
that the u.s. and israel could drag the world into a nuclear war. >> for my part, i have no doubt about iran's capacity for conventional response. this would provoke a ferocious war which the blidge rants could not control, and it would provoke a nuclear conflict. >> there was no mention of domestic politics or the dire state of the cubans economy, issues which fidel seems happy to leave to his younger brother, raul castro row. instead, he is concentrating on foreign affairs and working on his mix wars. it was here on the steps of havana university that a young fidel castro first rows to prominence as a radical student leader. but ever since the revolution, the only student group allowed is the union of young communists. accident is not allowed. there are no signs of any political reforms. >> the revolution saved cuba from the former corrupt regime, a communist party member told me. there is nothing to change now. what we have to do is keep what we have. >> we have to defend the revolution and continue to fight for our legacy, the party, and raul, this student said. others were happy to see
father's successor. >> stay with us if you cannot on bbc world news. still to come -- a fifth of the world's plant species are now in danger of disappearing forever. first, she is said to be one of the most photographed people on our planet. a new exhibition of formal photographs document the life of britain's queen elizabeth in pictures. many were taken by her late sister's husband, the photographer lord snowden. >> on her right, mr. anthony armstrong jones. >> he was a society photographer who took pictures of the royals and then became one. tony armstrong jones's wedding to princess margaret was the society event of 1960. although he was not a member of the royal family, lord snowden continued to work as a professional photographer. alongside his documentary work, he was often called on to photograph the queen. many of his photographs have been included in a new exhibition, but the graphic portraits of the queen. here is an image of the monarch and her husband in the kind of formal pose you might expect, and the queen caught by a range of photographers' in less orthodox sur
with japanese ships. good to have you with us. still to come, english cheese is taking on the french. we report and the growing global appetite for a taste of york sure. -- tasted york shire. first, three australian soldiers have been charged of the deaths of six people, five of them children, in afghanistan. it is alleged ds chileans attacked the wrong house while searching for a taliban leader. -- it is alleged the australians attacked the wrong house. >> the charges against the soldiers relate to a commando raid on suspected taliban hideout. six people, including five afghan children were killed in the operation in february, 2009. four others were wounded. a military prosecutor has now decided the three servicemen will be charged with various offenses. they include man charger -- manslaughter, dangerous conduct, and failing to obey an order. the prime minister says it will have every opportunity to clear their names. >> the accused persons will be offered support. in relation, i would say the following -- our australian defense force has strict rules of engagement and i think they of the fin
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